The School of Theatre & Dance in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has hired acclaimed director and voice/dialect coach Roger Smart as assistant professor of acting.

Most recently, Smart was the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Shattered Globe Theatre in Chicago, where he was an original ensemble member. There, he directed a number of productions that were the recipients of Jeff Awards, including “Talk Radio,” “The Dresser,” “God’s Country” and “The Road to Mecca.”

Smart is pursuing a practice-as-research doctorate through the University of London, Goldsmith’s College. His area of research is the use of psychophysical approaches in training and rehearsal for actors and directors.

Smart received a master’s degree in directing from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor’s degree in multicultural studies from the University of Central England, Birmingham.

He teaches extensively in university and professional training programs in the United States and Europe, including the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona.

He is also a member of various professional associations, including the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Theatre and Performance Research Association and the Society for Psychology in the Performing Arts.

In 1994, he was nominated for the Illinois Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching, and during 1984-85, he participated in the Fulbright Exchange program.

Smart will join the College of Creative Arts faculty this fall.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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